JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: a classroom innovation called career and technical education, a hands-on learning method for high school students. It is seen as a practical approach for both those headed to college and for those who are not.
And in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, it’s making a difference.
PBS special correspondent Lisa Stark of our partner Education Week brings us this story as part of our weekly segment Making the Grade.
LISA STARK: This is a one-of-a-kind classroom, with a one-of-a-kind educator, Clyde McBride.
CLYDE MCBRIDE, Kayenta Unified School District: My philosophy is a kid don’t learn unless they get a little dirty.
LISA STARK: So, in Clyde McBride’s classes in Navajo Nation in Northeastern Arizona, students jump right in.
CLYDE MCBRIDE: You never hold with your hands. You hold with your forearm.
STUDENT: The McBrides tell us, you know, go in there. You’re not going to learn anything if you just kind of stand back …